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How do you tell if a chicks a rooster

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Chickensaurous, Aug 24, 2013.

  1. Chickensaurous

    Chickensaurous Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 23, 2013
    Does anyone know any ways to tell if a little chickens a rooster my Isa brown had chicks about two weeks ago and I want to sell the roosters while there still cute:D
  2. bugglesmommy

    bugglesmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Except for sex linked birds, apart from vent sexing, which can be difficult for even those with experience, and DNA testing. What you look for is early comb and wattle development and redness. Cockerels often have thicker legs.

    A cockerel is a cockerel and may be challenging to rehome even when cute. Many people cannot have or do not want a rooster. People generally do not get a rooster on a whim for cuteness. They want a breeder, flock protector or supper.
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2013
  3. appps

    appps Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 29, 2012
    Yeah pretty much a roll of the dice thing if you don't know what your doing at that age.
    We went by the comb development when picking ours at about 4 weeks and still got one wrong. We posted on here at about 8 weeks and everyone thought the rooster was a hen and that one of the hens was a rooster :)

    But yep most people buying roosters aren't after a cute pet, they are after a breeding bird old enough to get a idea of shape colour and temperament. Or something to eat so want it big enough to make a meal.
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2013
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    [​IMG]Bugglesmommy brought up good points. When they are a few weeks old you could try posting clear, closeup photos of the face showing comb, on "what gender or breed is this."
  5. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    I'm on board with the above posts. Give it a little time and post some pics. Good luck to you!

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Sep 27, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us! [​IMG]

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